Crazy few weeks


#5795 (In Topic #1374)
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Chris Graham is in the usergroup ‘Administrators’
Hi all,

I've hardly been active at all the last few weeks.
The reason being I moved into my first house, and it turned out to take a lot more time to get things sorted out than I expected. I'm currently about 70% through that.

I'm trying hard to make it so the responsibilities of being a homeowner don't suck out the time I need to properly support and maintain Composr (as well as actually earn necessary money on commercial work). But at the same time, it is unfortunate that the time investment needed has really pulled me away in the short term - and I'm sorry about that, particularly for all those not receiving topic replies recently.

Here's a couple of things I've done to try and claw back time from the future:
  • Automated lawnmowing - my back lawn now has a really cool robot that cuts the grass. I had to lay a wire track and build a home base for it, but it now works great. I still have to do the front lawn and edges, but that's a lot of time saved.
  • Roomba for vacuuming inside! (and that's not as simple as it should be, as you have to make a house Roomba-safe, otherwise it'll get stuck in various ways or eat up cables).
In progress (and this has been a long term life goal for me, lol) - automating all my blinds opening and closing each day.

But just basic stuff, like buying equipment I never thought I'd need, that clearly became obvious I'd urgently need, like garden hoses. I've had Amazon deliveries every day for about a month, and all that takes time to find, unpack, set up, etc. Probably most people know what this is like but until now I lived a pretty simple life so I could focus on my passions :lol:.

I took a couple of days just replanting grass seed after Wisconsin became Siberia this past winter.

And we had a mouse problem, which took a lot of time to resolve. Those critters really are good at hiding.

And I am still having some problems with US immigration, due to failing bureaucracy, so that's taking up some time to resolve still. That took up most of yesterday.

And all the moving in gave me a bad back, so I haven't been sleeping so well. Currently dealing with that, getting physical therapy.

Anyway, as you can see I am on the forum right now, and I'm going to see what I can do to reply to some topics :)!

Clearly all this indicates how important it is for Composr to not rely too much on me, which is a major part of our upcoming v11 relaunch.

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  • If my reply is too Vulcan or expressed too much in business-strategy terms, and not particularly personal, I apologise. As a company & project maintainer, time is very limited to me, so usually when I write a reply I try and make it generic advice to all readers. I'm also naturally a joined-up thinker, so I always express my thoughts in combined business and technical terms. I recognise not everyone likes that, don't let my Vulcan-thinking stop you enjoying Composr on fun personal projects.
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